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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Saunders, George, 1958-
New York : Riverhead Books, 2000
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|ISBN:||1573221619 9781573221610 0965012085 9780965012089|
|Description:||188 pages ; 22 cm|
Sea oak --
The end of FIRPO in the world --
The barber's unhappiness --
|Responsibility:||by George Saunders.|
Here you find people who live and work in a simulated, theme-park cave and communicate with their loved ones via fax machine. You encounter a family happily gathered around their favorite form of entertainment, a computer-generated TV show called The Worst That Could Happen. And you hear an upbeat self-help guru sermonize about how figuring out who's been "crapping in your oatmeal" will help raise your self-esteem. With an uncanny sense of how our culture reflects our character, Saunders mixes a deadpan naturalism with a wicked sense of humor to reveal a picture of contemporary America that's both feverishly strange and, through his characters' perseverance, oddly hopeful.
Named by The New Yorker one of the Twenty Best American Fiction Writers Under Forty, George Saunders has been recognized as a visionary storyteller with a hypnotic style. Critics have placed him in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, and Thomas Pynchon -- "a savage satirist with a sentimental streak," said The New York Times. These stories bring greater wisdom and maturity to the worldview he established with his first collection, and leave little doubt that he has found a place in modern fiction all his own.
- United States -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
- Manners and customs.
- United States.
- Story collections.
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